Microsoft’s MVP Award is an annual award that recognises exceptional technology community leaders worldwide who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with users and Microsoft.

We are proud to announce that, on the 1st of July 2020, not one but two of our Incrementalists were selected by Microsoft to be renewed as MVPs for 2020/21. Our congratulations go out to Mark Christie, Dynamics Principal Consultant and Craig Porteous, Senior Data Engineer, for their renewed MVP status.

With just over 3,000 awardees worldwide, Microsoft MVPs represent a highly select group of technology experts. MVPs are granted exclusive access and involvement with Microsoft’s product teams to learn and help shape the future of Microsoft technology.

MVPs all share a commitment to the Microsoft community and a willingness to help others, whether that is through meetups or via social media. These are the qualities that make MVPs exceptional community leaders. MVPs represent the diversity of today’s technical communities – they are present in over 90 countries, cover more than 40 languages and their expertise spreads across the full Microsoft stack of technologies.

MVPs’ efforts enhance people’s lives and contribute to our industry’s success in many ways. By sharing their knowledge and experiences, and providing objective feedback, they help people solve problems and discover new capabilities every day. MVPs are technology’s best and brightest, and we are so honoured to have two of them playing for our team!

Craig Porteous

Craig is an accomplished senior data engineer, who has been dedicated to sharing knowledge and building the data community in Scotland since 2015. Craig is a leader amongst the data community, actively blogging, speaking and running Glasgow’s Data user group – a monthly meetup around all data technologies. As well as working with other tech meetup groups to promote community learning, amid lockdown, Craig continues to speak virtually to user groups across the UK.

In 2017 Craig launched Data:Scotland, a free, full day annual conference in Glasgow bringing a wide range of international speakers to Scotland to talk all things data. Over the years this community event has grown exponentially and in 2019 welcomed over 400 delegates.

Find out from Craig what being an MVP means to him.

Mark Christie

Fresh off the back of being Microsoft’s April Community Spotlight honouree, a 2020/21 MVP status is another achievement for Mark to add to his collection. Mark is an expert Dynamics consultant, active blogger and a valuable contributor of suggested and verified answers in Microsoft community forums.

Mark is well known for organising Scotland’s largest community event – Scottish Summit. Scottish Summit is a free technical and strategy event which brings together CRMERP and Power Platform enthusiasts from all over the world. Scottish Summit 2020, of which Incremental was a VIP sponsor, brought together a massive 750 attendees, marking the growing interest in technology and the increasing demand for Microsoft products and services in the UK.

We asked Mark what his renewed MVP status means to him.

Our congratulations once again to Mark and Craig! To find out more about the areas of Incremental that Mark and Craig work within, visit our Dynamics 365 hub or our Data hub.